Wednesday, 15 April 2015

No.7 Pop & Glow | Sunrise Glow


When I first heard about the new No.7 Pop & Glow Duo* to be honest I wasn't overly excited about them. I am a massive fan of the highlighter as you all know already, I have raved about it many times. In my eyes I couldn't see any changes that needed to be done and this Pop & Glow was too much change for my liking! But after giving it a go over the past while, I can say that it has made its way into my everyday make-up routine! It is the same idea as the highlighter that I love, only difference is that it is split down the middle and has a blush shade and a highlighter. On first appearance it reminded me alot of the Benefit Fine One One stick that was released a couple of years ago, the only difference is that Fine One One had a contour shade. I wasn't overly impressed by that release from Benefit and I thought my feelings about this would be the same. 

I haven't been using this in the way that I imagined it was meant to be used. I thought that the idea behind this was that you could just swipe it onto your cheeks, blend and go - which you could do - but I have been using a mixture of my Real Techniques Stippling brush and my fingers to apply it. The blush side is so amazingly pigmented, so if you were to swipe it directly onto your cheeks it might look a little OTT and be difficult to blend. Where as if I use my brush and dab any excess onto the back of my hand it is alot easier to apply and blend the product exactly how I want it, and it is very easy to build up the colour if I wanted to. I don't have much to say about the highlighter since it is pretty much the same as the original, and you all know how I feel about that! Its a lovely creamy consistency and really does add instant radiance to the skin.  



It is available in two variants, "Sunrise Glow" and "Sunset Glow". The one I have is "Sunrise Glow" which is perfect for those with fairer skintones. The No.7 vouchers are doing the rounds at the moment, so it works out at €8.95! They are available online here if you want to have a look!
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Liz Earle Soothing Eye Lotion & Daily Eye Repair

 
Recently Liz Earle has become available on Boots.ie and my life was made. You all know how much of a fan I am of Liz Earle and have been using their Cleanse & Polish for years! So when Boots ran a points promotion where if you buy two premium products you got extra points, I decided to have a look at some of the Liz Earle products I haven't really tried before. At the time I was running out of my Una Brennan Vitamin C eye-cream, and I wasn't loving it enough to repurchase it so I decided to go for something from Liz Earle to try and give my eye area some TLC!


The first thing I bought was actually something I had used before, loved but never bothered repurchasing because I probably got distracted with other things! It is the Soothing Eye Lotion. This is something that I have been using every morning without fail. It feels so lovely and cooling on the eyes first thing in the morning so it really helps wake you up. I have found that since using the combination of this and the next product that my eyes have not been as puffy in the mornings. Since I wear contacts daily, my eyes can get a little dry and irritated throughout the day but again since using this I can go longer without using drops. I have used this as a mini eye mask by pouring a little bit on to two cotton pads and just placing them on my eyes for a few minutes. If my eyes are looking particularly puffy and tired I feel it just gives them a bit of an instant refresh.


The next item I decided to purchase was the Daily Eye Repair cream. The Una Brennan eye cream I was using up until this just wasn't doing the job I needed it to do so I decided to change it up. My eyes were looking a bit dark and puffy over the last couple of weeks and since starting to use this I have found great improvement. It is a lot heavier than the Una Brennan one, so it does take a little bit longer to blend in but once you apply it your skin under your eyes will instantly feel more moisturized and hydrated. My skin sucks this stuff up! It has helped alot with the discoloration too so I think it is a good all-rounder in an eye-cream. If you are starting off with the whole eye-care area of skincare I would definitely say this is a good one to start off with. My only gripe with it is that you only get 10ml of product, which is not a lot considering the price! 

With the combination of these two products I really feel like my under-eye area has improved so much. My skin looks brighter and feels more hydrated so I will be sticking with this combination for awhile longer. I am tempted to go back to the Origins GinZing eye-cream but I just can't justify the price at the moment-sadface! 



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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

MAC Sweet & Sour


I have been after this lipstick for the longest time. As far as I know it was limited edition a few years ago so it was fairly impossible to get my hands on. But recently it has reappeared at MAC counters and online so I quickly snapped it up! I'm not sure if it is back for good or if it is only out for a certain length of time but if you want it, go now!!

In my opinion this is the perfect lipstick for the brighter days and I can already tell I will be wearing this alot over the next couple of months! It is a very light peachy coral colour which instantly brightens up my complexion when I have it on. I wouldn't recommend it for darker skin-tones because it might look a little like concealer lips- so if you have a darker skin-tone definitely give it a try in store first! It is a Cream Sheen formula which is one of my favourite lipstick formulas from MAC as it is so moisturising on the lips and gives an amazing colour payoff and pigmentation.

If you don't want such a bold block of colour I have been popping a bit of one of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors on top and they just help to sheer the lipstick out a little, without taking away from the amazing colour of the lipstick!


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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm


You will have already seen this product mentioned in my March Beauty Favourites, and I felt it was only right to dedicate a whole blog post to it as I have loved it so much since I got it and have used it so much. It is the All Bright Radiance Balm from the Boots Botanics range. I am such a massive fan of the Botanics range anyway. I love the Cleansing Balm, the toner and the wipes (oops!) The brand is so amazing for the price and it's really easy to get hold of in Boots. I had seen a lot of reviews and Instagram posts about the latest release from the brand which was the Radiance balm. Since I am always on the hunt for anything that will give my skin a healthy glow, I thought I would pick it up to give it a go. At the time I bought it, it was on offer at half price so it only worked out at something like €4- so really I couldn't not try it!

This is one of those amazing multi-use products that does a bit of everything! I have been putting it on underneath my foundation everyday for a very subtle glow. It sinks in so quickly and does not affect the application of my foundation on top of it. For my more matte finish foundations I have been adding a drop of this to them and just mixing it all together, it sheers out the foundation while adding some radiance to the face. The final way I have been using this is as a regular highlighter and applying it to the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. 


The main thing I like about this product is that it does not have any glitter or shimmer in it at all. When applied it has an iridescent shine to it, so it gives you that much coveted glow without looking like a disco-ball! So if you are on the hunt for a new highlighter that is not too in your face, I would thoroughly recommend you give this a go! For the price you really can't go wrong! Available online here.


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Thursday, 2 April 2015

March Beauty Favourites


March has been a month of lots of new discoveries and bold make up purchases! It was my birthday last month so I did treat myself to one or two new bits and bobs, which is totally allowed right? I have looked back and realised I have only blogged twice since my last favourites so a major slap on the wrist for me and (yet another) promise that I will do better this month...I swear! 


Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream
This is not a new product to my collection and has been mentioned in a favourites before but I felt I had to include it again because I have been using it so much this past month! It has been so quick and easy to just slap on (not literally obvs..) in the mornings and go. For a CC Cream it gives amazing coverage and lasts reasonably well throughout the day! I find it gives my skin a really radiant glow and just makes it look a little bit healthier while avoiding looking cakey! It also has SPF15 in it, which is great because as the days are getting brighter and sunnier I am becoming more conscience of applying a SPF to my face. The only problem I have with it is that the shade range is limited. I think there are only three shades which is a major downfall because I do think if they had a bit more variety it would do really well! But if you fit into one of the shade ranges, I would definitely recommend you give this a try for the perfect "everyday base".


Boots Botanics Radiance Balm
I have seen alot of hype about this product over the past few weeks and when I spotted it had gone down to half price in Boots, well I just had to pick it up! I have a full review of this coming in the next couple of days, but I have been using this so much since I've gotten it and in so many different ways too! Under foundation, mixed in with foundation and as a cheekbone highlighter! I've even used it on my collarbone to highlight them for a night out! It is incredibly lightweight and blends in so easily. There is not a hint of shimmer or glitter in it, instead it leaves a gorgeous sheen to the skin. It has been compared to MAC's Strobe Cream too, so ladies if you're thinking of buying that check this one out first for a quarter of the price!!


Smashbox Contour Palette
Well you all knew this was going to be featuring this month. I have not stopped using this since the day I got it, and I just can't rave about it enough! It is the perfect palette for contouring, bronzing and setting my under-eye makeup while brightening too. The powders are really amazingly pigmented and so easy to work with. They blend out lovely and trust me when I say a little goes a long way! The contour shade is absolutely perfect to create that more natural shadow under the cheekbones with a little bit of a grey undertone to it. The bronzer is matte so it can also be used if you are looking for a warmer contour some days and works really well all over the face too. The highlight shade, as I said I am using to set my under-eye concealer and it is so lightweight and brightening it is absolutely perfect for the job. I actually can not recommend this palette enough and it has fast become a staple in my everyday routine! 

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt
This is a fragrance I have been lusting over for months. I smelt it back when it first came out in Brown Thomas and instantly fell in love. My boyfriends very generous mum bought me a bottle for my Birthday and I was so excited about it! Everything about Jo Malone screams luxury, right down to the packaging for the bottle of perfume itself. The scent is really unlike anything I would normally wear (Alien, Illamasqua Freak- more deeper scents) This is quite a fresh, crisp scent and it reminds me so much of the seaside! I know I should be using it sparingly but I just can't help myself- it is too beautiful and it is my signature scent of Spring this year! 

MAC "Stroke of Midnight" Palette
Again, I'm sure it's no surprise this is featuring in my monthly favourites. I have many posts on Instagram featuring this little beauty and it has pushed all other neutral palettes out of my make-up bag this month. MAC really got it right with this palette in my opinion. It is the perfect selection of nudes with a slightly darker shade which is perfect if you want to go for a slightly more smokey eye. As always the quality of the shadows from MAC are amazing and really pigmented! As far as I know the collection is completely sold out but if you can get your hands on this palette then you really do need to get it in your life!

A final favourite I wanted to mention are my gel nails. I got them done for my birthday and have fallen in love. I was worried because they'd be slightly longer than my natural nails that I wouldn't be able to do anything with them but they are amazing! The colour goes with every outfit (even though it might be slightly boring) and I adore the stiletto shape. I got them done by Amy, seriously ladies check out her facebook page, she is one talented lady! 

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Smashbox Contour Kit


 
I don't think I have been this obsessed with a make-up product in a very long time. I had fallen out of love with contouring and had gotten really lazy with it lately so I went on a hunt for the perfect product to give me chiseled cheekbones! I did alot of research into a few different products, I had eyed up the Anastasia contour palette, the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder and Charlotte Tilbury's Bronze and Glow palette but the one I ended up going for was the Smashbox Contour palette-and Oh Em Gee I love it! 

In the past I have always tended to go for warmer toned contours and after reading more about it and learning what creates a natural contour look I was on the hunt for a cool toned contour shade. The great thing about this palette is that it comes with three different powder products, a cool toned brown shade for under the cheek bones, a more bronze shade for adding warmth all over the skin, and a matte banana powder for highlighting. These powders are so amazingly pigmented and easy to work with that they practically do the work for you! I have been using the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt brush with the contour shade and it really does create a lovely natural looking contour, but it can be easily built up to create a more dramatic effect. I have been loving using the bronzer for the tops of my forehead and down the centre of my nose and it adds a lovely warmth to my skin without looking overly orange. I have been using the lightest shade to set my under-eye concealer because it is such a fine powder that it doesn't settle into any of my "laughter-lines" and keeps my concealer in place all day! 


For you ladies that are starting out in contouring, I would thoroughly recommend this palette to you because it comes with handy step-by-step guides to help you along your chiseled way! I just can not sing this palettes praises high enough! Even the packaging is excellent- small, compact and black! The only minor problem I had was that the box said that there was a brush included and there was none with mine (sob!) but I still think the price I paid was well worth it for the palette alone. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

If you want to give this amazing palette a go, it is available online here! Ladies it's fabulous and you need it in your life!

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Monday, 23 March 2015

MAC Cinderella Collection

  
I don't think I have ever gotten so excited about a MAC collection as I have for this one! As soon as I seen the promo pictures being released online I knew I needed some of the items in my life, plus it was released on my birthday so it really would have been rude if I didn't! In conjunction with the release of the movie, MAC have released a Cinderella themed collection which is just utterly beautiful! So much so that I was on my laptop at 5 to 9 the morning it was released ready to purchase! (it was like the Gareth Brooks ticket fiasco all over again!) I was delighted to get the two bits I had my heart set on which were the "Stroke of Midnight" eyeshadow palette and "Royal Ball" lipstick. Firstly the packaging is just amazing. It is beautifully girly and completely Cinderella-esq! Both products are in baby blue packaging with a slight duo-chrome sheen to it. So lovely to have something different to the usual black packaging from MAC but still looking very chic and nice. They really got it right with the packaging for the entire collection!

The palette is a neutral lover's dream. It has a lovely combination of both warm and cool toned neutrals as well as both mattes and shimmers. The colours included are all permanent apart from one, and they are Vapour, Phloof, Omega, Quarry, Satin Taupe and Stroke of Midnight which is the new one. I have been using this palette as my everyday eye look since I have gotten it and have found the mattes to be some of the best I have ever used. My go-to look from this palette is using Vapour all over the lid as a base, Phloof along the inner half of my eyelid and a mixture of Quarry and Satin Taupe in the outer corner. The stand out shade in this palette for me has to be Stroke of Midnight. It is definitely not an everyday shade but it is the most gorgeous purple shimmer and I can't wait to use it for a night out look!


The Royal Ball lipstick was a little bit of an impulse buy but I am so glad I went for it. If you are a MAC Hue lover, then this lipstick is right up your street. As a frost finish it can come off looking a little shiny on the lips but I have been wearing a bit more fake tan lately and I really like how it looks with it. It is a very nude baby pink with a slight golden sheen to it. Once coat of this lipstick is really all you need, and all you want if you want to avoid the concealer lip look! Its definitely one that I will be reaching for alot over the Spring/Summer months because it really brightens up any make up look!

I am so happy I managed to get my hands on some of the pieces from the collection, and have really been enjoying using them! Finally a MAC collection that I got excited about! Let me know if you managed to grab anything from the Cinderella collection and what you think of them!




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